Local commission working to end human trafficking in Michigan

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and a commission devoted to end trafficking in Michigan met Wednesday to discuss ways to put an end to the issue.

An estimated 2,500 children are sold on any given day in Michigan, a number that shows trafficking is everywhere, including Michigan.

“It’s here, it’s next door, it’s rural, it’s urban,” State Senator Judy Emmons said.

Senator Emmons has worked to get 21 bills signed into law to help end trafficking in the state and believes it is an issue many people don’t know enough about.

The commission is currently working to raise awareness to solve that part of the problem, and also create training for law enforcement and physicians to better recognize, and respond to trafficking victims.

Shari Montgomery, who attended the meeting, has been working to open a House of Promise for women who are human trafficking victims, to heal and train to go out into the world as people with a goal, who do not look at themselves as worthless and ruined.

“If I can at least change one girl’s life that she doesn’t feel like her life is been wasted or that she isn’t worth being loved, would be worth it for me,” Montgomery said.

Anyone who believes they have seen someone who may be a victim of trafficking, can call the national hotline at 1-888-388-7888.

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